Easton Voice is a resident group formed in response to the ‘Easton Safer Streets’ proposals, a Bristol City Council traffic and transport initiative being pursued in order to gain grant funding from the UK government’s ‘Cycling Ambition Fund’.
As residents, our issue is not with the concept of ‘safer streets’ but with the practical detail of the proposals, which include road closures and traffic flow changes, together with widespread parking restrictions, that we feel will have an unduly negative impact upon the ability of those who live in Easton to go about their daily lives.
Many of us also feel that, contrary to the claims within the council’s proposals, the intended changes will have a detrimental environmental impact in certain areas of Easton.
We joined together as a community group following an area-wide letter drop from the council announcing the proposals, in which they claimed to have already undertaken extensive consultation. This came as something of a surprise to many who live in Easton, as the council’s letter announcing the advanced state of their plans was the first that many of us had heard about it.
Easton Voice does not receive any funding nor have any political allegiance. It is simply a collective of local residents giving their time voluntarily because they are concerned about the impact of the proposals.
Our purpose in forming Easton Voice is to canvass genuine local opinion about the council’s proposed changes to the area where we live and to provide a forum for representing these views to Bristol City Council.
Our aim, at this stage, is to gather a genuinely representative sample of the views of those who live and work in Easton, as we do not feel that sufficient effort has been made to do so until now.
We are undertaking research to learn more about the views of our community.
Please tell us what YOU think: Complete our online survey questionnaire (click here)
We do not yet know what the outcome of this will be. If our research response suggests that there is overwhelming support for the council’s scheme then we will concede to that democratic wish. However, if our research suggests that the proposed changes will not be welcomed by many of the area’s residents then we hope to galvanise these objections and encourage the council to extensively modify their proposals.